30 Best Bars in Manchester

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With so many places to choose from, you can easily become dizzy when it comes to choosing where to drink in Manchester. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of some of the best bars in Manchester that you can’t afford to miss.

Known for its vibrancy and rich culture, Manchester’s indi­vidu­ality is reflected best through its trendy cocktail bars and craft ale pubs alike all across the city. We’ve put together an extensive list of some of the best spots that this exciting city has to offer, no matter how you want to celebrate!

30 Bars in Manchester to Visit

Best Bars in Manchester - Bunny Jackson's

1. Bunny Jackson's

Priding itself on being the “home of the 10p wing”, Bunny Jacksons Manchester is the perfect spot to enjoy the chilled out atmosphere of an American sports bar with some fantastic comfort food and live music. If you’re looking to make a change from the usual British bar/pub atmosphere, then this is a fantastic choice! Have a read through all of the Manchester events to know about during your stay.

1 Jack Rosenthal St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Arcane

2. Arcane

Boasting some of the most weird and wonderful cocktails on their menu, Arcane Manchester may be hidden away beneath an old Victorian building, but it packs a real punch when it comes to making great drinks in a warm and cosy atmosphere.

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2 S King St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Science & Industry

3. Science & Industry

Science and Industry Manchester describes itself as an experimental drinking and dining experience. Located in the popular and vibrant Northern Quarter, this bar prides itself on having an in-house “drinks laboratory” where their main goal is to trial and create some of the most interesting cocktails around!

49-51 Thomas St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - The Britons Protection

4. The Britons Protection

Known for being one of the oldest pubs in Manchester, The Britons Protection is everything you would expect from a cosy traditional English pub. However, don’t be fooled by its size or age; this popular spot holds over a whopping 300 varieties of whiskey, so if that’s your drink of choice, this pub is a great choice!

50 Great Bridgewater St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Twenty Twenty Two

5. Twenty Twenty Two

Hidden away in the heart of the Northern Quarter is Manchester’s best ping pong bar, Twenty Twenty Two Manchester. Instead of playing pool all night, punters can enjoy a fast paced game of table tennis whilst enjoying some fantastic cocktails in a vibrant and exciting atmosphere. This is definitely a place you don’t want to skip! Check out the best bars in Windsor for some fun and unique bars.

20 Dale St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - The Pen and Pencil

6. The Pen & Pencil

Another Northern Quarter bar that definitely earns a mention, The Pen and Pencil Manchester is an exciting bar and eatery that combines the chilled out atmosphere of a bottomless brunch breakfast spot and a late night spot to enjoy a great atmosphere and even better drink choices!

2 Concert St |Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Tattu

7. Tattu

Right in the heart of the city, Tattu Manchester is a contemporary Chinese restaurant that not only boasts a fantastic modern Chinese menu and an award-winning interior, but also a one of a kind drinks menu that features eastern-inspired signature drinks and cocktails you definitely won’t find anywhere else! Check out some of the things to do in Manchester during your visit.

3 Hardman Sq | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - The Liquor Store

8. The Liquor Store

Right in the heart of Manchester just a stones throw away from Deansgate, The Liquor Store Manchester is a quirky venue that prides itself as being a two-time winner of the “Best Late Night Venue” award. Serving a host of amazing liquors from around the world and featuring a lively atmosphere, this bar isn’t one to miss if you find yourself around the area.

40 Blackfriars St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - The Liar's Club

9. The Liar's Club

Living up to its name with its location on the Manchester Canal next to a lock, Lock 91 Manchester is a small, quirky yet exciting bar that lays claim to some of the best cocktails the city has to offer, including a range of quirky mixes and classic cocktails alike. This isn’t a place to be overlooked for any of you cocktail lovers out there!

9 Century St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Lock 91

10. Lock 91

Living up to its name with its location on the Manchester Canal next to a lock, Lock 91 Manchester is a small, quirky yet exciting bar that lays claim to some of the best cocktails the city has to offer, including a range of quirky mixes and classic cocktails alike. This isn’t a place to be overlooked for any of you cocktail lovers out there!

9 Century St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - The Font

11. The Font

Serving some of the most aesthe­tic­ally pleasing cocktails in the city, The Font Manchester has an extra­or­dinary selection of cocktails that are not only some of the most interesting mixes that you could possibly find, but also very affordable. Also boasting a great choice of craft ales and spirits as well, this bar is certainly a great place for some great cocktails.

7-9 New Wakefield St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - BrickHouse Social

12. BrickHouse Social

An extremely diverse venue right in the centre of the Oxford Road station area, BrickHouse Social Manchester has everything you could think of all in one place. Combining a “brew bar” on the roof terrace serving bespoke tea and coffee to bottomless brunches, a great range of cocktails and pale ales and even an underground event space, this is a bar you don’t want to miss no matter what time of day it is!

11-13 New Wakefield St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Revolution Deansgate Locks

13. Revolution Deansgate Locks

Known for its fantastic selection of tasty cocktails, delicious food menu dishes and atmosphere, Revolution Deansgate is everything you would expect out of a Revolution bar apart from its location in one of Manchester’s best party hotspots beneath the distinctive railway arches!

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Arch 7 Whitworth St W | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn

14. Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn

Another nod to the up-and-coming vibrancy of the Northern Quarter; Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn is a California-Mexican inspired bar and restaurant that hosts a great selection of tequilas, beers and cocktails, with an especially fantastic choice of margaritas to choose from!

100-102 High St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - The Knott Bar

15. The Knott Bar

Another exceptional Deansgate bar that deserves a mention, The Knott Bar Manchester serves some of the best of British when it comes to real ales and craft beers, including a vast continental range of bottled and draft beer from Belgium and beyond, including the USA. If you love beers from around the world, here should be a top choice when in the city.

374 Deansgate | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Dusk Til Pawn

16. Dusk Til Pawn

Hidden behind a pawn shop façade, Dusk Til Pawn Manchester is a fantastic cocktail den inspired by the prohibition era of the early 20th century, which you could easily miss if you walked past it on the street without knowing! With authenticity and great drinks at its heart, you should stop by here if you can find it!

Stevenson Sq | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - NoHo

17. NoHo

Sister bar to Dusk Til Pawn, NoHo Manchester in the lively Northern Quarter takes inspiration from its surroundings with a tasteful street art interior and inspiration from the states with its New York inspired cocktail menu, including its own signature NoHo cocktail! If you find yourself in the area and fancy yourself to be a lover of great street art and even better cocktails, stop by here for a great experience.

Stevenson Sq | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - All Star Lanes

18. All Star Lanes

Tackling the idea of boring bowling alleys and bringing it to a whole new level, All Star Lanes Manchester combines bowling with a fantastic restaurant and equally amazing bar with a great selection of craft beers and individual cocktails, all hosted in a beautiful bespoke venue with a classy interior.

235 Deansgate | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Black Dog Ballroom

19. Black Dog Ballroom

Another fantastic location in the arty Northern Quarter, Black Dog Ballroom Manchester is an authentic New York inspired venue that combines a bar, diner and pool hall all into one stylish and vibrant venue. Hosting resident DJs and live acoustic performances each week, this is definitely worth a visit for a laid back American-style bar experience.

52 Church St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Dog Bowl

20. Dog Bowl

Sister venue to the Black Dog Ballroom, the Dog Bowl Manchester hosts five ten pin bowling lanes, a fantastic New York inspired interior and delicious food menu items and a great range of drinks all under one roof with an electric atmosphere. If you’re looking to have a few games of bowling with a few drinks in a classy alternative bar, then this should be one of your top choices!

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Whitworth St W | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Dirty Martini

21. Dirty Martini

A truly unique venue that oozes class, Dirty Martini Manchester is an all round great place for food, drinks and partying throughout the week. Serving some of the best cocktails that Manchester has to offer all in a vibrant atmosphere that brings in people from all over the city, Dirty Martini is a great choice of venue for both celebrations and chilled drinks.

1 Peter St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Hold Fast Bar

22. Hold Fast Bar

Priding itself on its attention to detail and indi­vidu­ality in the heart of the vibrant and already crowded Northern Quarter, Hold Fast has brought itself to the forefront of local attention for its alternative nautical-themed style, this is a brilliant drinking experience for those looking to switch up the usual atmosphere for something completely out of the ordinary.

50 Newton St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Flight Club

23. Flight Club

Boasting an electric atmosphere in a truly unique and authentic darts bar, Flight Club Manchester has earned a name for itself because of its fantastic take on classic pub darts, bringing the sport to the focus of its venue, bringing a real social element to the entire experience at this venue. Serving some delicious bespoke cocktails, spirits, beers, wines and almost everything in between, you’ll have a blast at this award-winning bar.

98 King St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Foundry Project

24. Foundry Project

A rustic bar that combines modern elements with classic early 20th century features, Foundry Project Manchester is an interesting venue to say the least! Claiming to have the “Happiest Menu in Town”, their wide variety of ales, beers, spirits, cocktails and more will leave you spoilt for choice.

22-10 Thomas St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Be at One

25. Be at One

Right next to Deansgate in the very heart of this exciting city, Be at One Manchester boasts an exception list of over 100 cocktails, this vibrant and contemporary bar is a much loved regular spot for people living in Manchester and visiting the city. A fantastic venue for stag, hen and group celebrations as well as casual drinks, this is definitely a venue worth considering.

13 Barton Arcade | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Cane and Grain

26. Cane and Grain

A partner to the previously mentioned Science & Industry Bar, Cane and Grain Manchester pays homage to the skatebo­arding scene of the 1980s with its relaxed atmosphere, brilliant selection of craft beers and ales and serving its signature ribs throughout the day, you will feel right at home in the cosy eccentric bar in the Northern Quarter that has no comparison!

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49-51 Thomas St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - The Washhouse

27. The Washhouse

Having to pass through a laundrette façade and through a secret door to get in, The Washhouse Manchester is one of the most talked about new “secret bars” in the city, known for its stylish contemporary atmosphere and interior that’s a big hit for local drinkers. If you’re a fan of secret bars and an even better drinks menu in the busy Shudehill area, then you’ll love this place!

19 Shudehill | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Convenience Store

28. Convenience Store

Convenience Store Manchester is another bar fronted by a façade, outwardly showcasing itself as a corner shop hiding its exciting and vibrant atmosphere and one of a kind interior behind it. With a selection of signature cocktails that you won’t find anywhere else in the city and a great selection of beers and sharing food, you shouldn’t overlook this unsuspecting Northern Quarter bar whatsoever!

100-102 High St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Gorilla

29. Gorilla

From the creators of the extremely popular Deaf Institute, Gorilla Manchester is a brilliant drinking and dining experience combined with an electric club and live music space that has become a huge success in the area. Whether its relaxed drinks with your friends at the cosy contemporary bar or enjoying some classic comfort food, this is a great location you don’t want to miss!

54-56 Whitworth St | Website

Best Bars in Manchester - Terrace NQ

30. Terrace NQ

This industrial inspired bar in the Northern Quarter is a cosy rustic bar that features warm low lighting and exposed brick walls that really give it a welcoming feel, with a huge variety of cask ales, draught beers and guest beers. If you’re looking for something different, this bar also stocks some amazing cocktails and spirits that you can indulge in at this one of a kind venue!

43 Thomas St | Website

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